Skip to comments.Awesome: Christian University Doesn't Have to Comply With HHS Mandate
Posted on 06/21/2014 5:10:36 PM PDT by jazusamo
Colorado Christian University has won an important case against the Department of Health and Human Services contraception mandate. Instead of CCU being forced to provide employees and students abortifacients, a federal judge in Denver has ruled that the school can retain its religious freedom. It's a significant decision, and one that the Supreme Court will surely keep in mind as it prepares to decide on the high profile Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius case.
The Becket Fund, a non-profit, public interest law firm who represented CCU in its lawsuit, emailed LifeNews the good news:
In a carefully reasoned opinion, the court ruled that the Health and Human Services Mandate, which would have forced CCU to include drugs like Plan B (the morning after pill) and ella (the week after pill) in its health care plan, infringes the Universitys freedom of religion. The court noted that [i]f CCU refused to provide health insurance coverage for its employees, or did not include the coverages required by the Mandate, CCU would be subject to significant if not ruinous financial penalties. The court then concluded that this pressure on CCU to violate its religious beliefs violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
As to why offering employees and students contraception would violate their religious freedom, CCU explained it best:
Specifically, CCU challenges the requirement that the group health plans for employees of CCU and for CCU students or, in the alternative, another entity, provide cover age for drugs, devices, procedures, or related education and counseling that may destroy human life after fertilization of the egg of a mother and either before or after the implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus of its mother. CCU contends that any participation by them in the implementation of this required coverage imposes a substantial burden on the exercise of its religious beliefs and violates its rights under the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States and under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) 3.
Had CCU lost the case, the school would have been fined millions of dollars annually starting July 1 for refusing to comply with the mandate. Instead, the university can keep its money - and its religious conscience
Maybe, just maybe, CCU's victory is a preface to Hobby Lobby's happy ending.
Praying that it is, but always keep your powder dry.
I mean... I could envision the USSC splitting a hair here even though it’s probably wrong. That the University’s mission is religious but the store’s mission is not, or some such thing.
I also am turning into a pessimist where the gov is concerned, even the court.
” It’s a significant decision, and one that the Supreme Court will surely keep in mind as it prepares to decide on the high profile Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius case. “
Why would it? The SCOTUS isn’t bound by precedent — especially not from a lower court.
The black-robed tyrants are as untrustworthy as the rest
I believe the writers last sentence in the piece reflects what she probably meant.
hope you turned a long time ago. i sure did.
Hobby Lobby seems to have a nominal Christian tone, from the viewpoint of the music that plays in stores (lots of instrumentals of old hymns) but not too much else obviously Christian, and that might end up being a factor. Christian organizations are going to have to find imaginative ways to get around edicts of an increasingly secular Caesar. The golden days of Christianized America are no longer here, though never say never about a renaissance.
Isn’t that nice; a federal judge says it’s alright for a Christian school to retain its Christian identity and practices! Thank Mister federal judge, may we pray at our church next Sunday, please let us know by Friday so we can plan our service.
What’s interesting, and I didn’t know this until a couple of days ago, is that Hobby Lobby has included contraception coverage in its health insurance plan all along. What the company objected to is being forced, by Obamacare, to ADD to the plan, four specific contraceptives that have been medically proven to be abortifacients.
Any faith should get to decide what is a “bridge too far.” For example Chik-Fil-A will not open on Sundays, even if the franchise is owned by Seventh Day Adventists.